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Sumner in Winter

On Friday I checked in with New England radio colossus Howie Carr to survey the political scene on the eve of the New Hampshire primary - with a brief detour into the strange wraith-like quality of Bill Clinton in his Iowa stage appearance, which led Howie and me to speculate on the increasing similarities between Bill and deposed CBS honcho Sumner Redstone (see right). To hear the full interview with Howie, click here. ~I said yesterday that, if Iowa were a Third World banana republic, Jimmy ...

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Steyn on Britain and Europe

No Man's Land

Further to my video observations about civilizational suicide as a form of moral narcissism comes this stark statistic from The Daily Mail: In 2001 there were 1.5 million Muslims in England and Wales. By 2014 there were 3 million Muslims in England and Wales. So Britain's reaction to the cultural fault line revealed by 9/11 was to double its Muslim population. So for the most part did the rest of the west. The Mail reports: England is home to more than three million Muslims for the first time ...

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The Peace of Submission

During the Cold War, the Soviet Union funded "peace movements" throughout the west - because for the Soviets "peace" meant "the absence of opposition". In our time the new peace movement is Islam. And so we are told today, from the podium of a mosque with "extremist" "links", that the very word Islam means "peace". Actually, it means "submission" - ie, the absence of opposition. The only difference between then and now is that instead of being chanted by scrofulous hippies protesting outside a ...

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Steyn on the Oakley Show

Hillary Shows No Quarter

It's always fun to start the day with the great John Oakley on Toronto's AM640. Today we discussed the aftermath of the Iowa caucus, including Hillary running the quarters in the constitutionally mandated Presidential Coin Toss, and Ted Cruz's brilliant comic timing when introducing me at the US Senate. We also discussed climate know-nothing David Suzuki's latest call for those who disagree with him to be "thrown in jail". Even by the standards of the climate mullahs, Suzuki routinely calls for ...

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Mann vs Steyn

Football and Hockey

The Corner post that launched a lawsuit...

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Steyn on America

That Smell Isn't the Ethanol

A year ago, I wrote:

For me, the issue this US election season is the corruption. Sure, I'd like a balanced budget and less debt and repeal of Obamacare, but I'm getting used to being sold out on those issues. So I'm down to the bare minimum requirement for a politician: The corruption nauseates me, and, if it doesn't nauseate the candidates, then that explains a lot about why nothing happens on any of those other matters. It's in the air, it's in my nostrils, and I'm sick of choking on it...

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Steyn on America

Second-Degree Bern

Thank God that's over. You don't have to be an Amtrak conductor to want to punch the next guy who says, "There are three tickets out of Iowa." In the end, Ted Cruz won eight delegates and Donald Trump seven. Which doesn't sound so bad for Trump. Except that Marco Rubio also won seven delegates. Had the caucus been held 24 hours later, Rubementum might have pushed Trump to third place.

There's no point pretending it wasn't a setback for the billionaire party-crasher. Who knows why it happened? Perhaps he should have taken his own advice and shot a guy on Fifth Avenue: That's gotta be worth a couple of points in Polk County. For over six months, each supposedly fatal misstep - from McCain to Muslims - only made him stronger. Now the first actual votes of this interminable process have made him weaker. For a candidate running on the platform that he's a winner and the other guys are losers, the aura of invincibility depended on the perception of invincibility. So it's not helpful to let five thousand hayseeds shuck Trump Tower like a corncob.

Rubio did the usual caucus-night thing. He came third so he hailed himself as the most stunning victor since Wellington at Waterloo and then segued into the stump-speech bollocks about being the son of a bartender and promising a new American century. Ted Cruz followed with a victory speech that lasted most of the new American century. It was the kind of ruthless Canadian triumphalism older Americans haven't seen since the War of 1812, which, like Cruz's speech, went on into the following year. If he wins again next Tuesday, let's hope he cuts to the chase and burns down the White House...

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